Marilyn

Last January I took a course at Cotton&Color about Laura Heine‘s collage quilts. Although I was hoping to finish the resulted quilt back in February, I kept postponing it looking for the right quilting approach. And half a year later, here it is!

Collage quilts aren’t difficult -technically speaking- but getting the image you want, that’s a different story! I find it more like painting: playing with colour until something clicks in the right place.

With the coquettish look the cat was getting, someone in the course pointed out that it looked like Marilyn (it also has a speckle!!), and Marilyn it has been since then.

I just love all the detail in this technique. I used mostly Kaffe Fassett, Tula Pink and Amy Butler fabrics. I also swapped some flowers, so some fabrics I can’t even say where they are from.

The quilting needed to be pretty dense to keep everything in place, and finally I decided for a simple straight line quilting using a walking foot, following the cat’s gaze.

This particular squirrel is from a print by Tula Pink, and it seems made to be placed there. For the binding, and after some consideration, I went with a dark print to enhance the whole quilt. This particular one from Cotton + Steel, with the little mice (or are they cats?) peeping from behind the buildings, is just perfect.

Project: Marilyn (Wall hanging quilt)
Size: 96.5 x 52.5 cm / 38¼ x 20½”
Date: January 2017 – July 2017
Pattern: Purrfect…, Laura Heine
Fabrics for the collage (among others):

Asian Circles, by Kaffe Fassett, Westminster Fabrics
Sprays, by Kaffe Fassett, Westminster Fabrics
Farmers Market, by Shawn Jenkins, Spectrix
Chipper, by Tula Pink, Free Spirit Fabrics
Bright Heart, by Amy Butler, Westminster Fabrics
Birch Farm, by Joel Dewberry, Free Spirit Fabrics
Elizabeth, by Tula Pink, Free Spirit Fabrics
1000 Colors Collection (light green), Lecien
Quilter’s Basic, Lecien
Fancy Hill Farm, by Robin Randolph, RJR Fabrics
B
ackground and backing: Black and White Collection 2015, Jennifer Sampou, Robert Kaufmann
Batting: Quilter’s Dream Cotton 100%
Quilting: machine-quilted,
Guttermann 100% polyester c. 111
Binding:
Tokyo Train Ride (lawn), by Sarah Watts, Cotton+Steel

Button Jars quilt

Ta-dah! This little one is finished! I started this quilt a year ago, as a part of a course with Me and My Sister Designs. Despite my good intentions towards it, it didn’t see much progress for months, until I moved the project’s box next to my sewing machine and used it as a leader-and-ender. It looks like it was all I needed to get it done! The pattern is pretty straightforward, and with all the pieces already cut, it can be pieced in no time.

After some thought, I decided to keep the quilting simple and just stitch in the ditch around each jar, the shelves and the border. I didn’t press all the seams open, and you can tell the difference between these and the seams pressed to one side when you’re trying to quilt in the ditch (the first ones are easier!). This quilt surely would have benefited from a denser quilting motif, but neither my FMQ skills nor my machine would have allowed for it with a satisfactory result.

Trying to keep consistent with the fabric line, I chose for the border a pink print from Cotton+Steel, and I stepped outside my comfort zone with the binding. But it just seemed the right colour when I audited it, and now I think it was the perfect choice.

I’m using this quilt as a wall hanging for my sewing area. I sewed two small pockets on the back to hold a thin curtain bar, but after hanging it, I think a sleeve would have been better… just to keep in mind for the next one.

Project: Button Jars (Wall hanging quilt)
Size: 81 x 71 cm / 32 x 28″
Date: April 2016 – April 2017
Pattern: Button Jars, Me and My Sister Designs
Top fabric: Dot. Dot. Dash-, by Me and My Sister Designs (selected prints), for Moda Fabrics
White: Bella Solids White Bleached, Moda Fabrics
Taupe: Bella Solids Stone light grey, Moda Fabrics
Grey: Bella Solids Silver grey, Moda Fabrics
Border: Netorious Melody Pink, by Alexia Abbeg, Cotton+Steel
Batting: Quilter’s Dream Cotton 100%
Quilting: machine-quilted, Isacord Thread 40, col. 0010
Binding: 1000 Colors Collection
Purple (713), Lecien
Label: Bomull, Ikea